Dear Editress and Sisters of “ Woman's
1 can no longer resist the temptation to
try my hick with the rest, so here I am.
making my best bow and most humbly
asking a place in your circle and hearts.
For nearly four years I have been a
faithful reader of the “ Housekeeper,'' with
which you are all so well acquainted, and
now when the dear familiar faces and
names “ loom up ” in “ Woman’s Work,”
farther silence is out of the question. Dear
me, I had forgotten there is no sub-editor
connected with this paper, and in my
mind’s vision I see the “waste basket”
devouring this article. Dear Miss Garland,
please rescue it from such a sad fate. How
glad lam to see you all; I could just fill a
dozen columns singing your separate
praises. Kit Clover, you darling, precious
thing, I would like to hug you about fifty
times, ahem—with Tom’s permission,
of course. Silvia Silverthorne, you are a
rare, gifted woman ; your pure, deep sen
timents go straight, to the heart. And
there’s the “ Little Mother,” God bless her ;
she is a jewel of the first water. Where is
Miss Busybody and Happy Old Maid? I
see they are shiiking a little lately, but we
can’t allow it, you are both sadly missed
in “Woman’s Work.” O, yes, you see
you are all so familiar to me that I shall
just speak my mind. “ Monnie Moore,”
as the children say, I can feel it in my
bones, that you are the same old chum of
my girlhood. Ah, Monnie, I cannot express
how deeply your home chats move me;
they call up memories of the past treas
ured within the deepest recesses of my
heart, which time nor absence will never
efface. God has given you a grand talent,
and I see you are using it well and to His
glory. Monnie, do you remember when
you wrote the “ Fisherman’s Daughter ?”
you were thirteen and I not yet ten. I
would patiently fold my hands and give
close and rapt attention, as each chapter
was read for my approval. The golden
dreams we used to weave about our great
and lofty future comes back as I pen these
lines, and I sadly realize how imperfectly
mine have been fulfilled. Dear sisters, in
so many of your letters I read how smooth
ly the household machinery moves on.
dow, tell me, is it always that way? I
am in such a dilemma. This morning a
man came to paper the kitchen—did T tell
you I am engaged in that delightful work
—house-cleaning—well, I am, and as I
was saying about the man after he had
papered the ceiling, he discovered there
was not enough of the side wall-paper, and
none like it in town, as it was bought in
the city; he departed, blandly informing
me that he would surely return to-morrow
and finish; but I think that is the last I
will see of him until—well, say Saturday
afternoon, and I will have to rush about
until midnight to get things straight for
Sunday. Now, you will all perceive
by this that everything is running along
in apple-pie order at my home. I am all
through, only the kitchen, and I always
think that’s the worst room to clean, for
there are so many little things to be moved
and set to rights. I find gasoline is good
to clean cherry staining. Yes, Monnie,
coal oil is good for cleaning oil-cloth. I
have used it a number of years. Have any
of you ever used “ Merrel’s Washing Com
pound ?” its just splendid ; try it. I lived
in Mexico several years and learned a great
deal about foreign dishes. If the sisters
desire, I will tell them how to make the
famous Italian “ Yorena.” Its a delight
ful dish, I think, but is very tedious to
make. I will also tell you how the Ma
jore Indians cook a meal which will last
them three days. We lived near them in
California, and have often visited their
camp and watched them. Jessie Lynch,
you are the same girl I used to love so
dearly. If you can guess the identity of
Monnie Moore you will surely know me
1 must close and restore a semblance of
order to my partly cleaned kitchen.
Sincerely your sister, in heart,
Editress of “ Woman's Work.’’
I have received two copies of your most |
excellent paper and am charmed with it.
: My whole household (and it is not a small
household, either,) enjoys it as much as
“Mamma” does. I think it just the kind
of paper that we of the present day need
to instruct and elevate our social and intel
lectual faculties and tastes. The general
information contained in its columns must
prove of value in our domestic work. Now
let all good housewives contribute to its
pages their recipes, experiences, etc., and
your Woman’s Work will be an invalu
able acquisition to our work table and
Success to the paper and your efforts.
Your readers will find the following are
excellent recipes, and if prepared accord
ing to directions, success is sure:
Velvet Sponge Cake—Two coffee cups,
sugar, six eggs, one coffee cup boiling
water, two and a half coffee cups flour, one
tablespoonful baking powder. Leave out
three whites of the eggs. Beat the yolks
a little, add sugar, beat fifteen minutes, add
the three beaten whites and cup boiling
water and the flour; flavor with any ex
tract and bake in layers, putting between
icing made of the three whites left out,
beaten well with six desertspoons of sugar,
Salmon Salad—Take one can salmon,
shreded, mix one-quarter pound oyster
crackers broken up. Then take yolk of
four eggs, hard boiled, teaspoonful mustard,
pinch of salt. With this prepare dressing
with teacup vinegar; pour over the salmon
and crackers. Cut whites of eggs in rings
and put on top. Some butter added to the
dressing is an improvement.
Mrs. E. G. Hardeman,
Dear Woman s Work :
I cannot resist the temptation of writing
to say I heartily agree with your remarks
on “training husbands.” I know from
experience, and endorse every word you
say. I have a good husband and consider
it a duty to have as good meals as I can—
or I should say, try to have something he
likes. I am always sure that I will get
my new dress or bonnet —if he can afford
it, and sometimes he gets things that he
cannot afford, if he thinks I will be pleased.
Be kind and loving; that will do more
than filling your husband on a good din
ner. If you love him, tell him so occasion
ally. Do you not like to have him tell you
he loves you? Perhaps some of you will
say, “She has not been married long.” I
have, though, almost 13 years. I am afraid
my letter is rather long, but when I get as
good a subject, I do not know when to quit.
Perhaps some day I will write and tell you
how I help decorate my house with home
made ornaments. I find directions for
making many from reading “Woman’s
Work.” Yours truly,
Lodi, Cal. lanthe.
Dear Editress: — I believe I have caught
a small portion of “ Monnie Moore’s” feel
ing, viz.: that of laying aside everything
and sitting down to write.
I will tell you what inspired me with
such a desire this morning. As I was
about to starch some shirts and collars for
ironing. I was thinking I did not dread
ironing starched clothes as much as form
erly, and that because one kind sister told
us how to prevent them sticking. When
I repeat “ wash enough soap in starch to
make a lather,” that sister will readily
recognize her own advice. "Will she please
accept my warmest thanks.
1 read with much interest everything
Woman’s Work contains.
Should you do me the favor printing
this, I may write again. Esther.
Dear Woman's IForA:. -
I’ve made a pretty and convenient work
bag that some one may want to duplicate.
I used a square of silesia, about three-quart
ers of a yard, edged all around with blue
and white lace. With a string and pencil
I drew on it a ring as large as it would
contain, on which I stitched a casing for
draw-string. When doing work that shows i
dirt readily or catches lint from a dress’
my work-bag is spread outon my lap for an
apron,and when I stop, a pull at the draw
string encloses all in a bag, and the lace
trimmed corners fall over, giving it a pret
ty finish. A fine linen or silk handkerchief
can be finished same way for sachet-bag.
I have many more suggestions and com
ments in my mind, but am afraid of being
considered by our editor as too talkative,
and I want her approval, so I can come
again. , e Albe ;
[We always have plenty of room tor |
good suggestions. —Ed.]
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